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Child of Eden Hands-on Preview

A decade ago, Q? Entertainment founder Tetsuya Mizuguchi led the team that produced Rez. Its inscrutable combination of shooting action, driving electronica music, and vividly imagined cyberscapes held an almost primitive appeal for those with whom it clicked. Though there was no sequel, only the remake Rez HD for XBLA, Rez finally gets a true spiritual successor in the upcoming Child of Eden. At a special event held during TGS, I got a chance to play this new experience, both with a controller and with Microsoft's Kinect motion controller peripheral.

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 27

After a couple of far-flung weeks with shows from PAX and the International special, Garnett, Brian, and Jeff reunite in the studio, and just in time too because they've got a whole lot to cover. Whatcha' Been Playin? gets things started with some mopping up from TGS including The Third Birthday, Ni no Kuni, and a couple others. Valkyria Chronicles 2 and the upcoming 3 which was also at TGS get some love. And all three of the guys have tales of global conquest from late night Civ 5 sessions. The Warning poses the question of whether the quest to westernize has become a distraction to Japanese game development and, of course, your Gran Turismo 5 responses get their due. Lara's continuing co-op struggles, the apparent cancellation of Milo, and naturally some Halo:Reach news highlight the Front Page to wrap it all up.

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Bulletstorm TGS 2010 Gameplay Demo Features Cannonball Launcher, Vertigo

Much like they did at Gamescom 2010, Epic Games brought a fresh demo for its upcoming multiplatform shooter Bulletstorm to TGS 2010 and showcased new mechanics.

In the Tokyo Game Show demo we're introduced to "The Bouncer," a cannonball-firing weapon that can devastate enemy forces with a direct shot or send cannons bouncing around the world in search for an enemy to destroy. Read more »

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Tokyo Game Show 2010 Report

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Last year, the diminishing relevance of the Tokyo Game Show to the global videogame community left as big an impression as any of the games on display. That put this year's show under the microscope as watchers look to see whether Japan, one of the cradles of the videogame industry, can reassert itself. A handful of the titles on display offered some indication that the development community there still taps into a unique creative sensibility, but even among the best, none shone brightly enough to be the definitive star of the show.

From the western perspective, Last Guardian for the PS3 stood as the most exciting prospect again this year. The new trailer and Ueda's update on the game's development became one of the top topics of conversation from the show. But it got overshadowed in the Japanese domestic market by the latest edition of Monster Hunter—Portable 3rd—for the PSP. Four-player co-op demo tables attracted throngs of attendees, allowing players to experience the action much in the same way the current version captures groups across Tokyo. That appeal is lost, though, on much of the rest of the world. Read more »

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Tokyo Game Show 2010 Breaks Attendance Records, Tentative 2011 Schedule Revealed

Tokyo Game Show organizer CESA revealed (via Andriasang) its 2010 event saw record-breaking crowd flood the Makuhari Messe venue in Chiba, Japan. For the first time ever, TGS broke the 200,000 attendee mark, brining in 207,647 people during the four day event. Last year the event saw a dip in attendees, grouping 185,030 over the course of four days.

CESA also revealed possible dates for next year's event. TGS 2011 will take place either from September 15 through the 18 or from September 16 through the 18. Read more »

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Announced, Will Release Before Tekken and Street Fighter Cross-overs

Namco Bandai has officially announced Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which is to be the "first exhibition in the fighting festival" referring to the pair of Street Fighter and Tekken cross-over games revealed at Comic-Con 2010.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is currently only announced for the Japanese arcade release in summer 2011, but it is likely that it will find its way to other territories and platforms like previous games in the franchise. Read more »

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Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Due Out by March 31, 2011; Adds Spider-Man and Wesker

Buried in Capcom's annual financial report was a change to Marvel vs. Capcom 3's release date, which had been tentatively scheduled for a Spring 2011 release. It is now scheduled to launch in Capcom's fourth quarter of its 2011 fiscal year, which runs from January 1, 2011 to March 31, 2011 (via GameSpot).

Additionally, Capcom has revealed that Spider-Man and Wesker (Resident Evil series) have been added to the game's roster. Video of these two characters in action can be seen below. Read more »

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Metal Gear Solid 3 for 3DS Coming in 2011

At Tokyo Game Show 2010, series creator Hideo Kojima revealed that the enhanced Nintendo 3DS port of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater will be released in 2011 (via Joystiq).

The port was announced at E3 2010 as part of the platform's official debut. The door is still open for MGS3 to be a 3DS launch title, however, as the new handheld from Nintendo is scheduled to be released before March 31, 2011. Read more »

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 26

Weekend Confirmed goes international this week with a two-part show. Part one was recorded at home in Santa Monica, with regulars Brian Leahy and Jeff Cannata, and Del Rio stepping in from behind the glass and into the hot seat for the 3rd mic. We dedicate Whatcha' Been Playing to Halo Reach, Brian breaks down the news in the States and then we toss it over to Garnett in Japan for a TGS Special edition. Garnett helps some old friends, Mark Macdonald, John Ricciardi and JJ, launch their inaugural podcast 8-4 play podcast. In the second half, available by subscribing to the all new 8-4 Play show at, the guys dig down a little deeper into the many titles on the show floor at TGS 2010.

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Disgaea 4 Release Date Announced for Japan

Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) has announced that Disgaea 4, the latest entry in its tactical RPG, will be released in Japan on February 24, 2011 exclusively on the PlayStation 3 (via Joystiq).

The date was announced at a Tokyo Game Show press conference in which NIS said that this game "holds the fate of our company". The game will also include online features for the first time, allowing players to "invade other player's worlds, and vice versa," according to Joystiq. Read more »

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Gran Turismo 5 Dynamic Weather Revealed in TGS Media Blast

Polyphony Digital has unveiled a whole host of new Gran Turismo 5 information at the Tokyo Game Show, showing everything from a dynamic weather system and new versions of old GT tracks to a drivable amphibious car and Volkswagen Samba Bus.

"Factors like temperature, pressure and humidity are all calculated to help simulate weather conditions that change dynamically," Polyphony explains, which will naturally affect car performance. Read more »

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Daily Filter: September 16, 2010

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter is packed, standing as one of the biggest updates in this feature's history. Eighteen games in our database have been updated, with screens and videos for Apache: Air Assault, Yakuza: Of The End, Fable 3, Medal of Honor, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Front Mission Evolved, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, Space Invaders Infinity Gene, Cabela's North American Adventures, NBA 2K11, Okamiden, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Mega Man Universe, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Dead Meets Lead, Michael Jackson: The Experience, and EA Sports MMA. Read more »

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Phantasy Star Online 2 Revealed in TGS Livestream

In a recent livestream from this year's Tokyo Game Show, Sega revealed that Phantasy Star Online 2 is in the works for PC. (via vg247)

You can view the reveal in the video captured from the TGS livestream below, which begins by chronicling the past decade's worth of Phantasy Star Online games, and ends with the Phantasy Star Online 2 tease. The footage reveals that the game will be coming to PC in 2011, but doesn't mention any other intended platform destinations or further details. Read more »

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Demon's Souls-dev Reveals Latest Title, 'Project Dark'

The team of masochists who developed 2009's award-winning Demon's Souls has revealed its next project, currently titled Project Dark.

Revealed during Sony's TGS 2010 media briefing, details on the Namco Bandai-published Project Dark are slim. According to Joystiq, the game appears to have "some kind of cooperative element." Originally the game was believed to be PlayStation 3 exclusive; however, the official site for the upcoming From Software title also lists the game as an Xbox 360 title. Read more »

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam Unveiled

A sombre Battlefield: Bad Company 2 cinematic trailer and several screenshots have been deployed from the Tokyo Game Show to give our best look so far at DICE's multiplayer "digital expansion pack" for Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Set during the ill-conceived conflict, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam will feature four new maps "from the rice fields of the Phu Bai Valley to the napalm scorched earth of Hill 137." New toys include 15 weapons and 6 vehicles, such as the Huey helicopter, T54 tank and PBR patrol boat. As you can't mythologise Nam without rockin' tunes, there'll be 8 radio channels playing 49 tracks, with Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries'--as heard in Apocalypse Now--and 'Fortunate Son' by Creedence Clearwater Revival among them. Read more »

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